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Dennis Severs' House

  • 18 Folgate St. Map It
  • Shoreditch
  • House/Mansion/Villa
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 08/30/2016

Fodor's Review

The remarkable interiors of this extraordinary time machine of a house are the creation of Dennis Severs (1948–99), a performer-designer-scholar from Escondido, California, who dedicated his life to restoring this Georgian terraced house. More than that, he created "still-life dramas" using sight, sound, and smell to evoke the world of a fictitious family of Huguenot silk weavers, the Jervises, who might have inhabited the house between 1728 and 1914. Each of the 10 rooms has a distinctive, compelling atmosphere that encourages visitors to become lost in another time, deploying evocative design details like rose-laden Victorian wallpaper, Jacobean paneling, Georgian wing-back chairs, baroque carved ornaments, rich "Catholic" wall colors downstairs, and more sedate "Protestant" shades upstairs. The Silent Night candlelight tour offered each Monday and Wednesday evening, a stroll through the rooms with no talking allowed, is the most theatrical and memorable way to experience the house. The Exclusive Silent Night visits, which conclude with champagne or mulled wine by the fire and a chat with the curators, are available one night per month (more frequently, near the Christmas holiday), and private group visits can also be arranged.

  • Table, Dennis Severs' House, London, England

    © Ross Brinkerhoff / Fodors Travel

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18 Folgate St., London, E1 6BX, England

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Sight Details:

  • £10 Sun. and Mon., £15 Mon. and Wed. evenings

Published 08/30/2016


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